Pride-Chaneyville Community History Festival

The whole family is invited to come enjoy a day of free fun at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, October 27, for the 10th Annual Community History Festival! This year’s theme is All Aboard the Country Express, and we’ll celebrate with model trains, fun crafts, music, delicious food, a photo booth and more! Activities also will include a live horseshoeing demonstration, farm animals, face painting, pumpkin painting, sack races and of course, the Old-Fashioned Cake Walk. Local vendors will be available for the purchase of homemade and handcrafted items. For more information, call the Circulation Desk at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch at (225) 658-1540.

LPB’s Great American Read Reveal Party

You are invited to LPB’s Great American Read Reveal Party on Tuesday, October 23rd at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library main branch on Goodwood!

Doors open at 6PM for food, games, prizes, plus vote for the novel you think will be America’s most loved – one lucky person will win a $100 gift card from Cavalier House Books in Denham Springs! You are welcome to come dressed as your favorite book character (not required)!

At 7PM, we will check out the finale of “The Great American Read” together to see which novel was voted #1. Space is limited, so RSVP now!

Flood Resilience and Recovery Study

Researchers from Louisiana State University request your participation in a Community Well-being and Recovery Study. The primary purpose of this study is to determine how the Great Flood of 2016 has impacted the greater Baton Rouge community. Responses from both those who flooded and those who did not are welcome.

This study is voluntary and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.  All responses are confidential. In appreciation of your participation, you will be entered into a drawing to win one of several $100 awards.

To participate in the survey, visit the project’s website, or go directly to the survey’s website. scan the QR code in the attached flyer or copy and paste the survey URL into your Internet browser;

The researchers thank you in advance for completing the survey. Your response is important. Getting direct feedback from residents of the greater Baton Rouge region is critical to understanding the role of severe weather events in health and community well-being. If you have any questions about the study, please contact the researchers at (225) 578-4099 or

Attic Treasures 2018

Bring your collectibles, antiques and other treasures for expert review at the FREE 18th Annual Attic Treasures & Collectibles Event at the Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, October 27! It’s very similar to what you see on Antiques Roadshow, which runs on LPB TV.


This East African carved gourd vase was brought to last year’s Attic Treasures & Collectibles Event.

Hundreds of people lined up with their treasures at last year’s event, and everyone in the community is welcome. This is the time to raid your attic, cupboards, closets and garages for that interesting or antique art, old toys, pottery, jewelry, rifles, war artifacts, small furniture or other item of interest and see what the story is behind it and possibly more. There is a limit of three items per person at the event, and experts will be on hand to look at your collectibles and antiques.

Library staff will be available to demonstrate the use of the P4A Antiques Reference Database, frequently used by experts on Antiques Roadshow and available in-house and remotely to all patrons with an East Baton Rouge Parish Library card.

For more information about the 18th Annual Attic Treasures & Collectibles Event, call (225) 231-3740. You can find library resources on antiques and collectibles in our Antiques & Collectibles infoguide! To learn more about the Library and any of its other free programs, events and resources, visit our homepage.


Popular Lynda Courses for October

If the weather ever cools down, it’ll be a great time to stay inside and cozy up to a new digital class from Lynda! If it doesn’t, well, at least the air conditioning will keep your brain from overheating from all the new knowledge you can pack into it with Lynda’s free classes. You can find Lynda in the Digital Library, and access it from anywhere with your library card number. Here are the ten most popular classes:

  1. Customer Service Foundations (2014)
  2. Effective Listening
  3. Communication Foundations (2013)
  4. Illustrator CC 2018 One-on-One Fundamentals
  5. Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: The Basics
  6. JavaScript Essential Training
  7. Customer Service: Creating Customer Value
  8. Writing Customer Service Emails
  9. Excel 2016 Essential Training
  10. Visio 2016 Essential Training

2018 Author-Illustrator: Brian Floca

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is proud to present author and illustrator Brian Floca as the featured speaker for the 41st Annual Author-Illustrator Program, which will be held Thursday and Friday, October 11 and 12, at the Main Library at Goodwood, located at 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

Brian Floca is the author/illustrator and illustrator of numerous award-winning books for children, including Locomotive, winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, a New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Books of the Year selection and a New York Times bestseller; Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, a Sibert Honor Book, New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Books of the Year selection and Society of Illustrators silver medal winner; Lightship, a Sibert Honor Book and a Booklist “Top of the List” picture book; and The Racecar Alphabet, an ALA Notable Children’s Book and a Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice.

Adults, teens and children are invited to attend the FREE Thursday evening program on October 11. Then on Friday, October 12, Floca will present a program for teachers, librarians, writers, parents and lovers of children’s and young adult literature. The registration fee for this event is $25 for adults and $10 for students with a valid school I.D. Both events will include a book sale and autograph session. You can find registration information online, or by calling the Children’s Department at (225) 231-3760.

The Author-Illustrator Program affords an excellent opportunity to hear “the story behind the story” from prominent writers and illustrators of literature for children and young adults. Some notable names in the field of literature who have been featured during these annual programs have included: Rosemary Wells, Gene Yang, David Adler, Katherine Paterson, Linda Sue Park, Avi, Jack Gantos, Patricia and Fred McKissack, and Richard Peck.

What’s YOUR #BRWebstory?

How much did it cost to eat out in Baton Rouge in 2017?  Which local artist painted that mural on the side of the pawn shop on Government and how to do I learn more about them? What was game night like at Woodlawn High School? These are the types of questions researchers might ask in the future when exploring what Baton Rouge was like in 2016, 2018, and onwards, and web archiving offers a unique opportunity to collect this information in real time and at a large scale.  In order to give future generations the most accurate picture possible the East Baton Rouge Parish Library needs your help to ensure the picture we paint with our our collecting practices represent Baton Rouge the way YOU see and understand Baton Rouge.

#BRWebstory is an initiative meant to guide the library’s collecting of archived websites for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Web Archive.  On the second Tuesday bi-monthly, the library will ask community members to answer questions regarding their experience in Baton Rouge.  For example, in the July edition of #BRWebstory, EBRPL asked the community what their favorite local restaurants were in Baton Rouge, and y’all did not disappoint!  We received so many responses that we were able to build a collection of 100 URLs, or websites, to preserve and make available to researchers in Baton Rouge and around the world!

A sample of restaurant information captured with web crawlers.

The October edition of #BRWebstory wants to know more about local makers.  We know everyone has made plans to to attend the Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, October 6th at the Main Library so makers should be fresh in the brain.  Know of a maker that wasn’t able to attend but should still be included in the web archive? We want to know about them!

To submit, keep a lookout for the #BRWebstory post on the library’s social media.  If you have a submission, simply type it into the comments. If you’d prefer to stay anonymous, there will be a submission link in the post that will allow you to submit via webform.  We will not collect any personal identifying information.

We can’t wait to see who your favorite makers are! To learn more about the web archive and the collections we’ve been curating visit the Baton Rouge Room Infoguide or take a look at the collections on the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Web Archive.

For questions, comments or suggestions contact Emily Ward at 225-231-3752 or

Guest post by library archivist Emily Ward.

Come to the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire!

The Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire is NEXT WEEK! Get your free tickets on EventBrite today, and scan them at the registration booth to be entered into all kinds of prize drawings!

The following Makers have generously donated prizes that YOU COULD WIN:

This year’s Maker Faire has everything from NASA, to fire dancing with the Baton Rouge Fire Guild, to – well, stop by their website and check out the presentation schedule for yourself! You won’t want to miss any of it. This event is totally free, so get your ticket so you can enter into the door prize drawings, and join us on October 6th, starting at 10 AM!